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Read HybridMom interview the co-owner of Estella, Jean Polsky!


6 Questions For: Jean Polsky of Children's Shop Estella This mom to three also runs a wildly popular New York children's boutique. She's clearly doing something right!

Founded by husband and wife team Chike Chukwulozie and Jean Polsky in 2002, Estella is a retailer of luxury clothing, toys and accessories for babies and children ranging in age from newborns to 6 years. The privately held company has a boutique that is located in the heart of NYC and also has a large online presence. (It's been said that when fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi needs inspiration, he comes to this Manhattan shop.) Here, Jean--mom to three!--shares tips for living and working in a pint-sized world.

Name: Jean Polsky;

Title: Co-founder, along with my husband, Chike Chukwulozie

Family: Stella, 7; Ike, 5; Beatrix, 2;

Year Estella was founded: 2002;

What kind of criteria do you have for selecting designers/pieces for Estella? I look for beautifully original pieces that are colorful, luxurious, and practical. Nothing in my children’s closets requires an iron or a dry cleaner and I try to avoid those types of pieces for the shop as well.

How do you work your schedule to get a little flexibility? I won’t lie, it’s a constant struggle to stay flexible while taking care of everything and everyone. But my Blackberry comes in very handy when I’m stuck on a train or sitting in the waiting room at the pediatrician.

Can you offer any tips to other moms out there regarding growing a business or encouraging words for those with a small business? Having your own business is like having another child, which can be tricky if you’ve already got a full plate. Time is the most valuable thing you have so my advice to other moms is to be thoughtful about what/who needs it most and to try to be present when you make that choice.

I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about: how the shop’s window needs changing or why I hear my daughter coughing or a maddening kid’s song that I can’t get out of my head.

Best thing about being a) a parent and b) a professional: The best thing about being a parent is watching my children thrive. The best part about being a professional is being able to be productive and use my mind in a way that I don’t get to do when I’m with the kids.

Guilty pleasure? Reality TV

Check out Estella's selections--including Jean and Chike's own house brand of clothing--at

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